Minamata Initial Assessment for Albania
What is the Project about?
Albania became a signatory to the Minamata Convention on 9 October 2014 and it has been also actively participating in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury.
During the past 10 years the Ministry of Environment (MoE) has been engaged in policy dialogues involving potential donors in prioritizing interventions to address the problematics of inherited industrial pollution.
The project’s objective is to undertake a Mercury Initial Assessment to enable the Government of Albania to determine the national requirements and needs for ratification of the Minamata Convention and establish a sound foundation to undertake future work towards the implementation of the Convention. It will do so by implementing four components as specified in the GEF guidelines (GEF/C.45/Inf.05 paragraph 19), as well as a fifth component on mainstreaming:
1. Undertake an assessment of legislation and policies in regard to the implementation of Convention provisions of:
• Article 3;
• Article 5;
• Article 7 (including legislation and policy to cover formalization, worker health and safety);
• Article 8 (specifically in regard to relevant national air pollution/emission standards and regulations);
• Article 9 (specifically in regard to the ability to identify and categorize sources of releases).
The policy and legislative assessment will be undertaken through a review of existing legislation on chemicals management and identification of the gaps prevalent in association to issues of mercury. In addition the legislation review will assess the necessary steps for the establishment of a National Mercury Coordination/Consultation Mechanism.
2. Undertake an initial assessment of Mercury in the following categories:
• Stocks of mercury and/or mercury compounds and import and export procedures including an assessment of the storage conditions;
• Supply of mercury, including sources, recycling activities and quantities;
• Sectors that use mercury and the amount per year, including manufacturing processes, ASGM and mercury added products;
• Trade in mercury and mercury containing compounds.
• Emission sources of mercury;
• Release sources of mercury to land and water.
4. Assess institutional and capacity needs to implement the Convention.
Institutional capacity of governmental institutions and agencies will be assessed to determine the capacity needs and gaps that exist for the implementation of the Convention and propose intervention to strengthen these institutions and capacity. The assessment will also review the systems needed to report to the Convention under article 21.
The institutional capacity gaps identified and the findings of the legislation and policy review will used to formulate a number of priority actions, which will be included in the Mercury Initial Assessment Report. Proposed actions will be discussed and agreed upon among the key stakeholders mentioned above through several rounds of discussions.
5. Mainstream national Mercury priorities in national policies and plans to raise the importance of Hg priority interventions:
• Identify national mercury priorities;
• Assess opportunities for mainstreaming Hg priorities;
• Mainstream Hg priority interventions in relevant policies/plans.
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